Ben-Dror Yemini
Ben-Dror Yemini
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A Jewish cemetery is defaced with swastikas

Anti-Semitism and coronavirus: when old plague meets new

Opinion: In the shadow of the pandemic and the global mass protest against racism towards people of color, anti-Jewish sentiment is again rearing its ugly head, with Jews finding themselves back bearing the blame the world's woes

Ben-Dror Yemini |
Published: 07.17.20 , 23:43
In most Western countries, the last few decades have marked prosperity for the Jewish people.
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  • According to a survey conducted in the U.S. in 2017, the Jews were the most admired population among the American general public.
    A Jewish cemetery is defaced with swastikas A Jewish cemetery is defaced with swastikas
    A Jewish cemetery is defaced with swastikas
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    Then, the coronavirus happened followed by the Black Lives Matter movement.
    And although the overall respect for Jews did not diminish, anti-Semitism does not need a vast majority to return to center stage. A few violent people coupled with a few public figureheads spouting anti-Semitic bile is all it takes to force every Jewish establishment to hire security guards.
    In the UK, various surveys point to low rates of anti-Semitism in the country, but the phenomenon has seen a renaissance there with the rise of now ousted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
    אנדרטה לזכר השואה בבית הקברות הישן בריבנה, אוקראינה חוללהאנדרטה לזכר השואה בבית הקברות הישן בריבנה, אוקראינה חוללה
    A memorial to Holocaust victims is defaced in Ukraine
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    Corbyn's anti-Semitism stems mainly from his anti-Zionist views, but it never ends there.
    In the UK, 19.1% of the citizenry believe there is a connection between coronavirus and the Jews. Absolutely insane, is it not?
    Anti-Semitism is no longer a rare disease, it is an epidemic.
    The Palestinians are occasionally used as an excuse for the rise in anti-Semitic incidents, but this is no longer the case.
    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer exactly on the agenda, this is now strictly about hatred for the Jewish people.
    היהודים שואפים תמיד להשתלט על העולםהיהודים שואפים תמיד להשתלט על העולם
    A man holds anti-Semitic banner during a June protest in Ohio against the state's coronavirus lockdown
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    American footballer DeSean Jackson recently wrote on social media that Jews will "blackmail America. Their plan for world domination won’t work if Negroes know who they were."
    He later apologized, but it was evident it was not sincere. Jackson is after all an avid admirer of known anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan - the leader of the African American political movement, Nation of Islam.
    DeSean Jackson post on Twitter apologizing for anti-Semitic tweet DeSean Jackson post on Twitter apologizing for anti-Semitic tweet
    DeSean Jackson apologizes on Twitter for anti-Semitic comments
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    Incidentally, Farrakhan was invited by the FOX broadcasting company to give a festive speech to mark American Independence Day on the 4th of July. It was only a public outcry that led to his invitation being revoked.
    To further cement the relationship between anti-Semitism and anti -Zionism, this week, the New York Times published a link on the homepage of its website directing users to an article titled "I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State," a headline that denies Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.
    Ours is the only country about which a reputable newspaper would dare publish an article that casts doubt on its very existence.
    Why is that? Because currently there is only one legitimate kind of racism, anti-Semitism.
     גורמים אנטישמים מפיצים כי ישראל אחראית למותו של פלויד גורמים אנטישמים מפיצים כי ישראל אחראית למותו של פלויד
    A Facebook post linking Israel to George Floyd's murder by a Minneapolis police officer
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    With clear anti-Semitic motifs, the justified global protest against racism becomes much less justified. For now is the time when a so-called "Jewish newspaper" thinks it's okay to publish an article condemning the existence of a Jewish state.
    The author of the article is a Jew by the way. And Jews who publish stories about how Israel teaches U.S. police officers to kill black people in the street are Jews who hate Israel and are therefore themselves anti-Semites.
    An old plague meets a new plague wrote the researchers at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies.
    Somewhere down the line, we will find a vaccine for this new plague.
    But for the oldest hatred, I would wager there will never be a cure.

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